Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.
Similar to the regular Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) program, Project Based Vouchers require tenants to pay 30% of their income towards rent. However, whereas the regular HCV subsidy is tied to a tenant, the Project-Based Voucher subsidy is attached to a designated unit. Prior to occupying a Project Based unit, you will be provided with detailed information that explains your rights and responsibilities under the program.
Below are properties with units receiving a BHA Project-Based voucher subsidy. If you believe you meet the eligibility requirements for these properties and would like to apply for Project-Based Voucher assistance, please contact the property owner directly as well as the BHA.
A.W. Richards: 1063 Western Avenue- Brattleboro, Vermont c/o BHA 802-254-6071 (5 PBV Units: 4, 1 b/r & 1, 2b/r)
Upper Story Apartments: 9 Canal St. – Brattleboro, Vermont c/o Windham-Windsor Housing Trust 802-254-4604 (5 1b/r units)
For more information please contact:
David Deangelis; Section 8/Grants Administrator 802-254-6071